BIRTHDAY POEMS

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Birthday

(16th January 1949)

I thank whatever gods may be
For all the happiness that's mine;
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
Your Death

You lived for a short while and then you left me alone
I was not prepared for your demise
It came with its shock
And it still shocks
.....
Shez Whiney

Shez Whiney
My Dream

Hear now a curious dream I dreamed last night,
Each word whereof is weighed and sifted truth.

I stood beside Euphrates while it swelled
.....
Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
Happy Birthday Love

Happy birthday my love ,

I am happy that it's your birthday ,
I am sad that I am not with you.
.....
Honey Narayan

Honey Narayan
Lines.

Let us make a leap, my dear,
In our love, of many a year,
And date it very far away,
On a bright clear summer day,
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
Birthday

(16th January 1949)

I thank whatever gods may be
For all the happiness that's mine;
.....

Robert William Service
For The Birthday Of Edgar Allan Poe

(January 19, 1909)

Poet of doom, dementia, and death,
Of beauty singing in a charnel house,
.....

Richard Le Gallienne
Parliament Hill Fields

ale as china
The round sky goes on minding its business.
Your absence is inconspicuous;
Nobody can tell what I lack.
.....

Sylvia Plath
My Birthday

A dozen years since in this house what commotion,
What bustle, what stir, and what joyful ado;
Every soul in the family at my devotion,
When into the world I came twelve years ago.
.....
Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb
On His Seventy-fifth Birthday

I strove with none; for none was worth my strife;
Nature I loved, and next to Nature, Art;
I warmed both hands before the fire of life;
It sinks, and I am ready to depart.
.....
Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor
On Tea

Venus her myrtle, Phoebus has her bays;
Tea both excels, which she vouchsafes to praise.
The best of Queens, and best of herbs, we owe
To that bold nation, which the way did show
.....
Edmund Waller

Edmund Waller
A Sourdough Story

Hark to the Sourdough story, told at sixty below,
When the pipes are lit and we smoke and spit
Into the campfire glow.
Rugged are we and hoary, and statin' a general rule,
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
To Dick, On His Sixth Birthday

Tho' I am very old and wise,
And you are neither wise nor old,
When I look far into your eyes,
I know things I was never told:
.....

Sara Teasdale
Preface

A book which needs to be written is one dealing
with the childhood of authors. It would be
not only interesting, but instructive; not merely
profitable in a general way, but practical in a
.....
Hilda Conkling

Hilda Conkling
A Joyful Song Of Five

Come, let us all sing very high
And all sing very loud
And keep on singing in the street
Until there's quite a crowd;
.....

Katherine Mansfield
Christmas.

How did they keep his birthday then,
The little fair Christ, so long ago?
O, many there were to be housed and fed,
And there was no place in the inn, they said,
.....

Susan Coolidge (sarah Chauncey Woolsey)
A Birthday Candle

Thirty today, I saw
The trees flare briefly like
The candles on a cake,
As the sun went down the sky,
.....

Donald Justice
The Leaf

It came with spring's soft sun and showers,
Mid bursting buds and blushing flowers;
It flourished on the same light stem,
It drank the same clear dews with them.
.....

Sam G. Goodrich
To May

THOUGH many suns have risen and set
Since thou, blithe May, wert born,
And Bards, who hailed thee, may forget
Thy gift, thy beauty scorn;
.....
William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Birthdays

Let us have birthdays every day,
(I had the thought while I was shaving)
Because a birthday should be gay,
And full of grace and good behaving.
.....
Robert Service

Robert Service
Little Green Buttons

The honeymoon ended a decade ago,
If he still loves her he don't say so,
So she's taking her blues to the House af Tattoos,
Getting little green buttons on her birthday suit.
.....
Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
Birthdays

Let us have birthdays every day,
(I had the thought while I was shaving)
Because a birthday should be gay,
And full of grace and good behaving.
.....

Robert William Service
To My Brothers

Small, busy flames play through the fresh-laid coals,
And their faint cracklings o'er our silence creep
Like whispers of the household gods that keep
A gentle empire o'er fraternal souls.
.....
John Keats

John Keats
The Birthday Wreath

Blossom and greenness, making all
The winter birthday tropical,
And the plain Quaker parlors gay,
Have gone from bracket, stand, and wall;
.....
John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
A Birthday Gift

No gift I bring but worship, and the love
Which all must bear to lovely souls and pure,
Those lights, that, when all else is dark, endure;
Stars in the night, to lift our eyes above;
.....

Robert Fuller Murray
One Year Ago'jots What?

296

One Year ago-jots what?
God-spell the word! I-can't-
.....
Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
To Miss C-----, On Her Birthday

How many between east and west,
Disgrace their parent earth,
Whose deeds constrain us to detest
The day that gave them birth!
.....
William Cowper

William Cowper
Sonnet On The Author's Birthday

SING on, sweet thrush, upon the leafless bough,
Sing on, sweet bird, I listen to thy strain,
See aged Winter, 'mid his surly reign,
At thy blythe carol, clears his furrowed brow.
.....
Robert Burns

Robert Burns
The Convent Threshold

There's blood between us, love, my love,
There's father's blood, there's brother's blood;
And blood's a bar I cannot pass.
I choose the stairs that mount above,
.....
Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti
Punctuality

Man Naturally loves delay,
And to procrastinate;
Business put off from day to day
Is always done to late.
.....
Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
Birthday Verses

Good morrow to the golden morning,
Good morrow to the world's delightâ??
I've come to bless thy life's beginning,
Since it makes my own so bright!
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember,
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
Let Us Make A Leap, My Dear

Let us make a leap, my dear,
In our love, of many a year,
And date it very far away,
On a bright clear summer day,
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
Poem Delivered On The Fourteenth Anniversary Of California's Admission Into The Union, Septemb

We meet in peace, though from our native East
The sun that sparkles on our birthday feast
Glanced as he rose on fields whose dews were red
With darker tints than those Aurora spread.
.....
Bret Harte

Bret Harte
The Well-dressed Children

Here's flowery taffeta for Mary's new gown:
Here's black velvet, all the rage, for Dick's birthday coat.
Pearly buttons for you, Mary, all the way down,
Lace ruffles, Dick, for you; you'll be a man of note.
.....
Robert Graves

Robert Graves
Queen Of June

If June can talk
It would talk about a princess
Which as the beauty of a Snow white
Her voice so cool and claim as the midnight moon
.....
Afe Tosin Shola

Afe Tosin Shola
A Birthday

Fifteen years have come and gone,
Maiden since thy large, brown eyes
Opened first and looked upon
Wintry English skies.
.....

Arthur Weir
The Disciples

"To Lionel Engers-Kennedy: to the memory of Hargrave Jennings: and
to A. C. W. G. and H. E. H."


.....
Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley
To Sculptor Borch

(On his fiftieth birthday)
With friends you stalwart stand and fair,
To-day of fifty years the heir;
The past your works rejoicing praise,
.....

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
To Johan Dahl, Bookdealer

(On His Sixtieth Birthday)
Our glasses we lift now and drink to our host!
'Hurrah!'
Give heed to our ditty, we sing you our toast!
.....

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727

This day, whate'er the Fates decree,
Shall still be kept with joy by me:
This day then let us not be told,
That you are sick, and I grown old;
.....
Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
The Library

When the sad soul, by care and grief oppress'd,
Looks round the world, but looks in vain for rest;
When every object that appears in view
Partakes her gloom and seems dejected too;
.....
George Crabbe

George Crabbe
Past And Present

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
.....
Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood
My Birthday

Beneath the moonlight and the snow
Lies dead my latest year;
The winter winds are wailing low
Its dirges in my ear.
.....
John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier
To A Young Lady, On Her Birthday

This tributary verse receive, my fair,
Warm with an ardent lover's fondest prayer,
May this returning day for ever find
Thy form more lovely, more adorn'd thy mind;
.....
Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson
Albert's Return

You've `eard `ow young Albert Ramsbottom
At the zoo up at Blackpool one year
With a stick with an `orse's `ead `andle
Gave a lion a poke in the ear?
.....

Marriott Edgar
One Year Ago-jots What?

296

One Year agoâ??jots what?
Godâ??spell the word! Iâ??can'tâ??
.....
Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
Stella's Birthday, March 13, 1726

This day, whate'er the Fates decree,
Shall still be kept with joy by me;
This day, then, let us not be told
That you are sick, and I grown old,
.....
Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift
For A Thirteenth Birthday

You have read War and Peace.
Now here is Sister Carrie,
not up to Tolstoy; still
it will second the real world:
.....

Lisel Mueller
The Hamadryad

RHAICOS was born amid the hills wherefrom
Gnidos the light of Caria is discernâ??d
And small are the white-crested that play near,
And smaller onward are the purple waves.
.....
Walter Savage Landor

Walter Savage Landor